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Old 14th November 2012
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Lost cultures?

I had the amazing opportunity to live and work in Papua New Guinea for two years, 1976/77 and spent many weeks trekking through the Highlands and working in coastal villages. Most of my photography was with a Pentax S1A and Ricoh half frame nearly all on Kodachrome 25. I thought I'd share a few shots of some of the cultural aspects that may no longer exist as PNG only started to come out of the Stone Age in the late 19th C and is now developing rapidly.

A market in Sogeri, note the semi albino child:



A family house in the Capital, Port Moresby:



A small stockaded village in the Goilalah Highlands with my trekking companion, a Kiwi ecologist, on the verandah. When we approached this village women and children working the gardens ran away from us and we were greeted at the entrance by men with bows/arrows/spears:



Another trekking companion, a parasitologist, in Goroka Market on our way to climb Mount Wilhelm, 15,500ft. Shows how small some highland tribes are:



Myself on the summit of Mount Wilhelm - snow in the tropics!



Returning from the summit:



Highland warrior in Mendi, Southern Highlands:



Asari "Mudmen" at the Port Moresby Show:



I had these professionally digitised and am disappointed with the quality so i'll do it myself from now on!

I have another 600 or so slides but I think this will do for now!

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Re: Lost cultures?

Awesome David. Can you dig out any details and closeups of their spears and archery equipment?
My area of interest, and independent (heh, not Nat Geo) photos are so rare.
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Re: Lost cultures?

A true treasure trove of images. Let us have more please.
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Re: Lost cultures?

Absolutely facinating and No 2 is a shot right out of the top drawer. K25 puts today's typical base ISO of 200 into perspective!

I'd love to see more and if you should ever get the opportunity to visit PNG again it would make a fantastic "now and then" comparrison.
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Re: Lost cultures?

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Awesome David. Can you dig out any details and closeups of their spears and archery equipment?
My area of interest, and independent (heh, not Nat Geo) photos are so rare.
I actually have a Black Palm bow and a collection of arrows for different purposes, including one for hunting wild pigs and another for fish. When I get home I'll take a few shots and post.

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Re: Lost cultures?

You must feel extremely privileged to see these people before they got "westernised". A great set of photos.
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Re: Lost cultures?

Wonderful images, especially the second one. Worthy of National Geographic!

What an experience to have visited PNG at that time, and to have such great photos to remember it by.
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Re: Lost cultures?

Great, nostalgic images David, I showed these to my wife as she spent some of her childhood years living in Papua New Guinea (Karkar Island - where her uncle still lives) and it brought back fond memories.
We'd both like to see more shots if you ever find the time to post more.
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